Sochi Medal Count 2014: Updated Totals Following Day 10 in Sochi

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Sochi Medal Count 2014: Updated Totals Following Day 10 in Sochi
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Five more medal ceremonies were held on Monday in Sochi, as athletes across a variety of entertaining events wrapped up their respective competitions.

Through 10 days of action at XXII Winter Games, it's a tight battle atop the medal count leaderboard with nations trying to establish themselves as the powerhouse of the 2014 Winter Olympics

Here's a look at the updated total medal counter, with analysis of the top four gold-medal winning countries so far. For complete medal information, visit Sochi2014.com.

 

Germany (8 Gold, 13 Total)

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Germany extend its lead in the gold medal count on Monday, as the nation took first place in the men's ski jumping team competition.

But of Germany's eight gold medals during the Winter Olympics, four have come in luge, as the country made a clean sweep of first-place finishes in the sport.

Men's champion Felix Loch, women's champion Natalie Geisenberger and pairs winners Tobias Arlt and Tobias Wendl combined to win the team luge relay as well, cementing Germany's dominance in the event.

On the slopes, veteran Maria Hoefl-Riesch turned in another strong performance in Sochi after winning two 2010 golds in Vancouver. Hoefl-Riesch defended her gold in the women's super combined before taking a silver in the super-G competition on Saturday.

But perhaps the country's biggest surprise gold medalist was Carina Vogt, who upset Japanese favorite Sara Takanashi and other top competition in the inaugural women's ski jumping event, which was held 90 years after the men's edition made its debut in 1924 in Chamonix, France. 

Rounding out the winners for the Germans is men's Nordic combined gold medalist Eric Frenzel.

 

United States (5 Gold, 18 Total)

The American figure skating pair of Meryl Davis and Charlie White brought home a fifth gold for the Untied States in Sochi on Monday, when they won the ice dance competition with a score of 195.52, outclassing their Canadian rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who took silver.

While the U.S. is among the leaders with five gold medals, these Olympics have also been marked by disappointment, as decorated athletes like Shaun White, Bode Miller, Shani Davis, Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe have all missed out on medals so far.

But the Americans are looking very strong in hockey, as the women's team blasted Sweden 6-1 on Monday in the semifinals to set itself up with a much-anticipated gold-medal game against Canada. Meanwhile, the men are also looking strong and have earned a bye into the quarterfinals after going 3-0 during the group stage, which included a thrilling 3-2 shooutout victory against Russia.

 

Russia (5 Gold, 18 Total)

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Host countries always seem to perform better in front of their own fans and Russia has been no exception thus far.

Four years after winning 15 medals (three golds) as a country, Russia has already surpassed those totals (18 total, five gold) and there's still about a week left in competitions.

Undoubtedly, the key to Team Russia's success so far has been solid showings in figure skating. Leading the way has been gold-medal-winning pair Maxim Trankov and Tatiana Volosozhar, who also helped Russia take the gold in the first-ever team figure skating event at the championships.

But those two were hardly the only ones to shine during team competition, as 15-year-old Julia Lipnitskaia burst onto the scene and 31-year-old Evgeni Plushenko made a nice contribution before bowing out of the men's singles event in controversial fashion. 

Alexey Voevoda and Alexander Zubkov also became gold medalists for Russia on Monday after winning the two-man bobsled event while Victor An (men's 1,000-meter speedskating) and Alexander Tretiakov (men's skeleton) have also earned first-place finishes in Sochi.

The poised and talented Lipnitskaia remains one of the favorites to bring home the gold in the women's singles competition, which begins on Wednesday. Along with others like Japan's Mao Asada and the American duo of Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner, Lipnitskaia will be trying to take down favorite Yuna Kim from Korea.

 

Netherlands (5 Gold, 17 Total)

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The Dutch entered the Olympics as medal favorites in a variety of speedskating events and haven't disappointed.

The Netherlands have won 16 of their 17 medals on the long track oval, including all five of their golds. Top medal winners include women's 3,000-meter winner and 1,000-meter runner-up Ireen Wust and men's 500-meter winner and 1,000-meter bronze medalist Michel Mulder.

But what's impressive about this country's performance in speedskating at Sochi is its depth, as the nation has accounted for 16 of a possible 24 medals in the eight combined events.

Looking ahead to the remaining competitions in the men's 10,000-meter and women's 5,000-meter, the team has strong gold medal candidates in Sven Kramer and Wust. When it comes to the two-day team competition which begins on Friday, the Netherlands has to be considered the runaway favorite.

While the team may be striking out on the slopes, it doesn't matter much with the way it dominates speedskating from top to bottom.

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